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Rainy weather continues to hit hard in southern Spain


At least four people have died following heavy rainfall in southeastern Spain, where flooding has hit several regions. During Friday, over 70 roads and two airports were closed, the Reuters news agency reports.

The recent rainfall has hit hard in the southeastern parts of Spain. The rainy weather has led to major flooding in the Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia region where cars have been drawn into the heavy rainfalls. At least four people have died and more than 1,500 people have been evacuated in the past two days, reports the Reuters news agency.

On Thursday, two people died in a municipality in Valencia when their car was pulled into the flood. On Friday, two more deaths are reported - a man in Almeria died after he happened to drive into a flooded tunnel, according to Spanish newspaper El País. Another person was found deceased in a village in Granada.

Minister: "Must be careful"

Due to the extreme weather, the airport in Murcia was closed during Friday, as well as over 70 roads. All train departures in the Murcia region were also canceled, according to Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska, Reuters reports.

"The forecasts do not point to a deterioration in the situation, but we must be careful," he told the Press Force on Friday.

The airport in the touristy Alicante was closed for a few hours, causing several departures to be canceled or delayed.

The rain now seems to ease in the affected areas, but there is still a risk of flooding, Reuters writes, citing local authorities. This concerns, among other things, the Segura River - which has already flooded into the city of Orihuela in Alicante.

Source: svt

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